Decommissioning Monju: Japan’s energy conundrum

Author: Dr. Phyllis Yoshida

Categories: Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA Blog

The Japanese Cabinet last week approved the decommissioning of the Monju nuclear reactor in Fukui Prefecture. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also announced a commitment to developing fast reactors and nuclear energy. Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Phyllis Yoshida explains the conundrum.

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Climate Politics in Japan

Author: Ken Sofer

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 1

The 2015 Paris climate agreement was a significant achievement in international efforts against climate change, but the agreement’s success will depend heavily on the domestic politics of major emitters such as Japan and the United States. As the agreement enters the implementation phase, it is crucial for U.S. policymakers to understand the roles, interests, and relative power of the numerous political actors in Japan’s climate policy process.

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Government Fails to Address Contradictions Over Japan’s Nuclear Future

Author: Kikkawa Takeo

Categories: Energy and Technology, In-Depth with Nippon.com

The August 2015 restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kyūshū ended a two-year shutdown of all nuclear reactors in Japan. As commentators debate whether this will prompt other plants around the country to come back online, the current administration appears unwilling to take responsibility for dealing with contradictions between the need to shut down aging facilities and the nation’s continued reliance on nuclear power.

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